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Looking After The Environment

Green Policy

Green Policy

 

 

GREEN POLICY

 

We are delighted to announce our Silver Award from Green Business Tourism www.green-tourism.com

 

At The Old Farmhouse, we are very proud of the countryside we live in and want to help protect and preserve it for the future. We would really appreciate your help.

 

We have taken several steps along the way and are continually trying to improve our working methods. We are very lucky to have recycling bins provided by East Lothian Council and ask if you can recycle too when you stay with us, it is very easy simply put any glass or plastic bottles and magazines and newspapers at the side of your bin so that we can put them in the relevant recycling bins.


The outdoor bins are labeled , green- general waste, brown- garden waste only, red-glass, cans,plastics, blue- paper and card board , please help up us by using the correct bin

 

We are delighted to offer you a freshly cooked breakfast each morning and we are proud to source our produce from the larder of East Lothian and list amongst suppliers:

  • John Anderson award winning butcher North Berwick - all meat products
  • Belhaven Smokehouse, Dunbar- Smoked Salmon
  • Edward Collin fishmonger Eyemouth- smoked haddock
  • Knowes Farm Shop , East Linton - eggs and vegetables
  • Yester Farm Dairies - fresh milk delivered to our doorstep
  • Amisfield Walled Garden, Haddington- seasonal fruits
  • Black and Gold Rapeseed Oil- Stevenson mains, Haddington
  • Old Farmhouse Kitchen - jams & preserves

 

 

In your room you will notice one or two small considerations that make a huge difference to our environment:

  • Pre-order breakfast menu
  • Energy saving light bulbs
  • Water saving shower heads
  • We ask you to re-use your towels when you can
  • We encourage you to try our tap water it tastes delicious
  • There are fairtrade products on your hospitality tray
  • Your heating is on a timer and your radiator has its own thermostat so that you adjust the temperature to your own needs

We hope that you enjoy seeing some of our wildlife when you stay with us. We encourage the birds into the garden and have seen a great many species:

Sparrows, Bluetits, Gold Finches, Green Finches, Chaffinches, Robins,Woodpeckers,Thrush, Starlings, Nuthatch,Green finch, Great Tit,Wren, Swallows, House Martins, Sparrow Hawk, Pied Wagtail, Pheasant, Pigeons,Ring Doves even a Kestrel one day. 

We have also had a few other visitors to the garden ,as well as Pip and Ellie our two black labradors. Rabbits, Hares, Hedgehogs,Fox, Grey Squirrel, Frogs.

Out and about you can enjoy wonderful walks where there is even more to see if you are lucky you should be able to spot Buzzards, Roe Deer, Foxes, Hares, Rabbits, Badgers, Oyster Catchers, Lapwing, Fieldfare, Pheasants, Partridges,Jays.

Best to bring your binoculars!

We are a working farm and are members of British Association of Shooting and Conservation. On the farm we plant marginal strips of game cover which attract a great many birds of all varieties, song birds as well as game birds, and feed them throughout the winter. In association with the Grey Partridge Scheme we protect and conserve our native Grey Partridges.

 

We are part of Visit Scotland Welcome Scheme for Cyclists and Walkers

We have a safe lock up for bicycles which doubles up as a drying room, so no problems if you happen to get wet

We have maps available for your use for both walking and cycle routes

We can provide you with a packed lunch if it is ordered the day before

 

When you stay in East Lothian please consider the public transport system

In your room you will find timetables for buses and trains.

We have an excellent Park and Ride system, where you can park your  car free and then take either a bus or train into the city centre. Not only do you help reduce traffic congestion but you have stress free journey too

 
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